"How to get a long-term ceasefire":
"Wondering whether Israel’s bloodiest war since its suppression of the second Palestinian intifada (uprising) from 2000-04 will focus minds, mediators are again heading to Cairo to discuss what they say are four key prerequisites for a long-term deal."New Fights Loom as Israel Slows Gaza Fire" by J.J. Goldberg:
The first is a restoration of rule in Gaza by the Palestinian Authority (PA), the body headed by Mahmoud Abbas, which partially runs the West Bank but was evicted from Gaza in 2007 by the Islamist group, Hamas, which won a general election in both territories the year before. After Hamas, isolated and ostracised, resigned its hold on government in Gaza as part of a Palestinian reconciliation agreement in April this year, Western donors looked to Mr Abbas and the PA to fill the vacuum. Had Mr Abbas gone to Gaza and asserted his authority over the enclave, the war might not have happened. His recent appointment of Mamoun Abu Shahla, his labour minister, as his first minister in Gaza is a big first step.
Second, Gaza’s crossings and ports must be reopened. Should the PA return to Gaza, diplomats say that international monitors, including a European Union border force of observers, who were previously briefly positioned at the crossing between Egypt and Gaza at Rafah, would be ready to oversee a deal providing for the formal and secure reopening and oversight of various crossings. These would include the one at Rafah, next to Egypt; the Erez crossing to Israel, which would allow for the renewal of a safe passage from Gaza via Israel to the West Bank; a passenger and goods maritime route between Gaza and Cyprus, perhaps using roll-on-roll-off naval vessels which could begin operations within weeks; and an airport, subject to the same flight restrictions on airlines that currently apply to Ben Gurion airport at Tel Aviv.
Third, Gaza will have to be rebuilt. Donors promised to help with this nine years ago after Israel evacuated its 8,000 or so Jewish settlers and again after the Israeli military campaign against Hamas in 2008-09 known as Operation Cast Lead. Billions of dollars, previously earmarked, could be spent on revamping Gaza’s infrastructure.
Finally, the armed Palestinian factions would have to be disarmed under international monitors, who would also have to oversee the border crossings. They would also have to assist some 3,000 men from Mr Abbas’ presidential guard to monitor the 12-kilometre border (7.5 miles) between Gaza and Egypt, and to oversee the Israeli and Egyptian destruction of the tunnel complex under Gaza’s borders."
". . . Walla’s well-connected military correspondent Amir Tibon reported Saturday night that renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations might be on the way, like it or not. Netanyahu gave a nod during his Saturday night press conference to the de facto alliance that emerged during the crisis between Israel and the anti-Hamas Arab states of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf emirates other than Qatar.
The allies, Tibon reported, are intent on seeing to it that Abbas takes effective control of Gaza and pushes Hamas to the margins. But their price will be new peace talks. Given the political risks their rulers took on their domestic fronts opposing Hamas despite the massive destruction Israel inflicted on Gaza, they will have to show that they got something for it.
In a likely sign of Fatah thinking, Maan News, the independent Bethlehem news agency that’s close to Abbas, ran a prominent op-ed Friday by Palestinian-American journalist Daoud Kuttab calling for the “unification” of the West Bank and Gaza under a Palestinian unity government with Abbas firmly in charge.
And King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia fired what some called the first shot in that campaign on Friday in a talk he gave in Riyadh. He bitterly attacked “the world community” for its “silence” in the face of the “war crimes” perpetrated on the Palestinians in Gaza, but as noted in The National, the Abu Dhabi daily that is the Gulf region’s most respected English-language paper, he made no mention of Israel."
"Hamas’s Chances" by Nathan Thrall (weak ending).
Qatar has been squeezed out of relevance, and Turkey will come back into the Zionist fold immediately after the election. They are keeping Iran and Syria busy with other things, and Egypt is simply unbelievable. South America is furious, and its politicians will have to be bribed back over a period of years. BDS means that some Eurotrash will have to buy fruit elsewhere, but somebody else will buy it (does anybody really think that the Jews give a rat's ass about BDS?). ZOG has reaffirmed its utter dominance over American politics, and Barry/Kerry have been given a proper reminder of the fact that they will never be more than shabbos goyim.
On the other hand, I see no evidence that the people of Gaza, especially given what is happening to them, have lost any fight, and will agree to becoming slaves of the Palestinian Authority collaborators. There are too many steps in the plan for it to succeed.
We in the West have received a huge wake-up call that our politicians are all completely beneath contempt, bribed and blackmailed by World Jewry to the point of incomprehensible corruption. We now have a major job on our hands, going above and beyond 'acceptable' means, to deal with this. Gaza is a demonstration that there is no longer any limit whatsoever on the extent of permissible human cruelty, and a vision of our future if we do not fix this.